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A lovely Carmel-by-the-Sea engagement session

A short drive to the north from the stunning Big Sur is the little town of Carmel-by-the-Sea. It is a must-see destination on any trip to California’s central coast. It is full of beautiful galleries, fashionable boutiques, attractive hotels, exquisite restaurants, as well as colorful residences. With its natural beauty and fairy-tale-like architecture, it’s no wonder that this lovely one-square-mile village has been voted one of the “World’s Best Cities for Romance” on several occasions.

If you’re looking for the perfect place to spend time with your loved ones, Carmel-by-the-Sea in combination with Big Sur are the places to go. Just think of this beautiful Carmel-by-the-Sea engagement session and you will be beyond inspired! Candice and Brian were truly a delight. We took the time to wander through this lovely town and savor the blooming beauty all around. From gardens and charming cottages, they got lost in their own world, reveling in the engaged feeling. We also loved how they looked so effortlessly stylish and elegant, complemented by the blooming flowers. By surrendering to candid joy, they graced us with the most wonderful emotions which we made sure to portray on camera.

Carmel engagement session

This small town has been a host to many meaningful engagements – and why wouldn’t it? With its charming surroundings and breathtaking white-sand beaches, it offers a secluded vibe that makes it the perfect place to propose to your loved one. The nearby scenic road named “17th Mile Drive” has one of the best views over the dramatic and mystical coastline, adding even more of nature’s signature to the already picturesque surroundings of Carmel! Imagine being on the beach, the sun setting behind you, as you pop the question. Plus, we can be there to create the most romantic engagement photos at Carmel, California just like Candice and Brian. We are already excited at the thought of the effortlessly sophisticated images that will portray all the special memories from your Carmel-by-the-Sea engagement session!

We also recommend enjoying a romantic dinner at one of the outstanding restaurants, which offer classic fare intertwined with a modern flair. We are here to immortalize this most special occasion with beautiful Carmel-by-the-Sea engagement photos!  

Elope in Carmel-by-the-Sea

Besides engagements, the town is the ideal location for elopements as well. We particularly loved two spots in the town, which we think are both perfect sites for a Carmel-by-the-Sea engagement session, or a secluded, romantic elopement – La Playa and the Cypress Inn Hotel. With its stucco walls, ceramic tile, and stairs, La Playa exemplifies the Mediterranean look and feel. The property’s yard benefits from flower-filled lanes and magnificent pine trees. Cypress Inn is the oldest inn in the area, so it’s ideal for couples who are looking for a more traditional elopement location! 

Weddings in Carmel-by-the-Sea

As wedding photographers in Carmel-by-the-Sea, California, we are always overjoyed to be part of nuptial celebrations that take place here. There are a number of wedding venues in the town that provide the perfect setting for tying the knot with the love of your life. Carmel is the ideal location for any style of wedding, and no matter what your vision is for your nuptials, you are guaranteed a magical experience.


Carmel-by-the-Sea engagement sessions are becoming increasingly popular, and we hope that this delightful Californian town will entice you to have one, just like our couple, Candice and Brian. We had the best time exploring the small-town charm with them and framing their love story! To find out more about how we might contribute to your timeless journey, simply get in touch with us by filling in our contact form, or if you need more ideas for great locations in California for engagement photos look at Amy and Race’s San Francisco Engagement Session.